Payments to 130,000 Irish farmers and businesses from €1.8bn EU funds made public
Published 30/05/2015 | 09:02
The details of the individual payments to 130,000 Irish farmers, businesses, stud farms and agricultural colleges from €1.8bn in EU funds has been made public today.
Farm bodies have reacted angrily describing it as a "security threat" that would place rural families at risk.
The Department of Agriculture said it made public the details of the €1.2bn in Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments as required by the European Commission before the May 31 deadline.
The payments included the name of the recipient and the amount. However, the person's municipal district under the electoral register is posted up, rather than their postal address.
Only CAP payments over €1,250 have been published.
In addition to the CAP payments, details of the €600,000 paid to farmers under schemes to support the running of farms such as the disadvantaged area payments have been revealed.
The EU payments from October 16, 2013 to October 15, 2014 showed a wide variation across the country in the monies received under the scheme.
Farmers in Cork received over €215m, including single farm payment and other schemes, with 43 farmers and businesses receiving more than €100,000. In Tipperary, EU funds topped €129m, while farmers in both Carlow and Leitrim received payments of over €34m.